Saturday, September 23, 2017

From the Superintendent's Blog

Below are the proposed start times for all of the Burlington Schools next year if we go to a later start time at Burlington High School.
As a reminder, we will hold community forums at the following times:
Community Forums:
Tuesday, October 3, 8:30 a.m. in the Francis Wyman Elementary School Auditorium
Tuesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. in the Francis Wyman Elementary School Auditorium
Thursday, October 5, 8:30 a.m. in the Burlington High School Auditorium
Thursday, October 5, 7:00 p.m. in the Burlington High School Auditorium

Hoot, Hoot

The students at Pine Glen are WISE.

know it is
Important to be SAFE
Strive to be KIND
Everyone matters!

This week we had 2 lessons with Mrs. Tilton our school guidance counselor.  She introduced our building wide program on Thursday.  AND...HOOT, HOOT!

3 of our students earned Hoot cards before the week ended!  Each student who earns a Hoot card is caught be a staff member in the building doing the just right thing!  The adults, like wise owls are always observing, watching and listening!

Hoot card recipients are entered into a weekly drawing in which one student from each grade is congratulated for their accomplishment and receive a special certificate and photo,  They become "famous for a whole week" as one of our students put it!

Room 103 had adopted these guiding principles for our classroom as well and work to make WISE choices both in and out of the classroom!  Be sure to ask students how they earn tickets, hoot cards and prizes.  We are impressive!

Choice Empowers Our Learners To Be Their Best!

Students have lots of choice in how they learn in room 103.  They work collaboratively, communicate with classmates and teacher and are engaged!  When we break off to work on tasks, students are given the opportunity to work anywhere they would like with the stipulation they are safe and are able to be the best student they can be.

Flexible seating empowers students.  Visitors to our room may see students lying on the floor, sitting at low tables on their knees or on pillows, standing up or sitting in chairs.

We have many school tools that are utilized daily.  Tool kits, glue sponges, wipes and more!  Some students utilize specific tools to help them be their best. We have elastic bands to to help us wiggle our feet while sitting, chairs for the rug that allow us to rock while sitting and other chairs with bumpy cushions and firm backs.  In the coming months, room 103 will be receiving additional flexible seating options as our class was just awarded a grant from the Burlington Education Foundation.  Stay tuned for more exciting photos and news about our seating and learning!

Greetings, Games and Fun Galore!

Our days have been full of a wide variety of activities.  We always set the tone for the day with a morning meeting.  As we have been learning each other's names we have played some fun games.  On Friday we picked apples with classmates' names on them and then had to find and great specific people. 

 Students wrote and then read the first published copy of the Room 103 kindergarten news this week.  We even hunted for certain words and circled them!
Hunting for words in the kindergarten news.  Students like kneeling at our low table.

Everyone was clad in Patriots gear on Friday.  We put our game faces on and got to work reading the news and hunting for words!  Thank you for your generosity room 103.  Lots of money raised to send to our friends in Texas!

We have many fine motor activities thanks to the generosity of the Burlington Education Foundation. Students love our new bin activities!

Thanks to the generosity of the Burlington Education Foundation, we have many new and popular fine motor activities for students to explore!

More Fine Motor activities!

Our visit to the library this week included a book about a young child who takes some big breaths to help them focus and relax.  We then learned about meditating and centering ourselves.  Every day after recess we have a quiet time to help us get ready for our afternoon of learning.  Ms. Small taught us that we will do something similar at the start of our library lessons.  We liked taking deep breaths and feeling our tummies go up and down.

Of course the highlight of a library visit is selecting books.  Everyone could not wait to dive right into reading them!

We Are Already Authors and Illustrators!

We are excited to report that our class has already published 4 class books!  

To start the year we created books about the alphabet, stealing cookies from a cookie jar and the things we can do.

Students in Room 103 can…
play with race cars,
swing on the swings on their own,
kick a soccer ball,
draw pictures,
do ST Math,
solve math problems,
play on the slide,
play soccer,
jump and count, and
draw the American flag.

This year the friends in Room 103 hope….

to learn to draw a tree,
we go to the Aquarium,
to learn to be a chef,
to have purple hair,
to learn about math and counting,
to make new friends,
to make bracelets,
to meet animal visitors,
to become champion soccer players,
to make new books and to learn to color,
to read new books, and

to go on field trips on buses.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

3 Little Pigs At School And At Home

Wednesday Fun

Every Wednesday we spend some time talking about and documenting the weather in our weather books.  Every day we add a link to our temperature chain.  The colors of the links change as the temperatures change!

We love all the different seating options!  Mrs. Thompson helped us with our number writing book.

We love the ipads!

New Shoes

Who does not love new shoes?!

Room 103 celebrates the little things like new shoes!  How by adding to our new shoes book!  If a student has new shoes and would like to draw a picture of them on a sheet of copy paper at home they may bring it in and we will add it to our New Shoes book.  AND we will dance the new shoes dance!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Re-posted from Mr. Lyon's Blog

Patriots Day Fundraiser Image result for new england patriots
This Friday, September 22nd

Help Pine Glen support students who were affected by hurricanes in recent weeks.  On Friday, September 22, wear your best Patriots gear and bring in a dollar or more to help give back to a school in need.  

Proceeds from the donations will go toward purchasing books for Berry Elementary School in Houston, Texas.  Together we can make a difference!

Pine Glen Student Council
SAVE THE DATE Saturday October 21, 2017
8:00am - 12:45pm Burlington High School
Burlington Public Schools are proud to host our 2nd Parent University!  Parents of students grades PreK-12 will have the opportunity at this free event to attend workshops and interact with education and health professionals regarding a variety of topics related to your child’s learning and development.
Our keynote speaker will be Jon Mattleman, who will be sharing his “Secret Life of Teens” presentation.  "The Secret Lives of Teens" is a high-energy presentation that actively focuses on what teens are really thinking, what they fear, why they do not share more, and how adults can effectively support the teens in their lives. This presentation covers areas such as depression, suicide, 'acting out' behaviors, drug and alcohol use, and more. Parents of students k-12 will gain valuable insight into adolescent behaviors and the decision making of our students. More information on Jon and his presentation can be found at:
Additionally, to better serve our parents, BPS will be providing free childcare for this event (pending child registration).  Please keep an eye out for follow up materials including the release of our updated website and event schedule.
Mark your calendar – more details to follow!    

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Details, Details, Details!

Ms. Fallon, Pine Glen's art teacher visited us this week and read a fun rhyming story about a little person who paints his body.  What a colorful mess!

Then we looked back over the book and noted all the great details in the illustrations.  Ms. Fallon taught us her details dance!  If we are careful and add lots of details to our work, Ms. Fallon will return and dance with us again!

ST Math

The ipads have arrived!  This afternoon we met Mrs. Fortunato, Burlington Public Schools Math Coach who helped us log on and learn about ST Math!

Everyone did a very impressive job learning about ST Math!

Fun and Fundations!

We started our day with lots of fun and dancing!  During morning meeting we met Echo, the owl our class will use as part of our Fundations ELA program.  Students loved touching her and passing her around the circle as we greeted each other by name.

Then we dance!  We learned a new song called Twinkle Friends!  We also danced and counted to 100....lots of exercise in room 103!
Our dancing led to the introduction of our Fundations writing lines.  We practiced pointing at all the lines with our pencil arms.  Spaghetti arms were not allowed!